Bill Pentelovitch filed a brief on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota arguing that the individuals who registered using an online voter registration application created by Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie should not have to re-register, if the court finds Secretary Ritchie did not have the authority to set up an online registration system. Earlier this fall, Ritchie was sued by legislators who argued that he did not have the authority to create the new system.
Bill, who is chairman of the ACLU-MN's Law Committee, stated that "regardless of the merits of the claim that Secretary Ritchie did not have authority to create an online registration system, it is important that the Court protect the rights of those voters who utilized the system in good faith to register to vote." He also noted that the Minnesota Supreme Court has a long track record of vigilance to protect the rights of voters who acted in good faith even when public officials make an error, adding "The Minnesota Constitution explicitly prohibits disenfranchisement of voters, and the ACLU-MN has stepped forward to make sure that this group of registered voters is not disenfranchised by the outcome of this case."
Bill Pentelovitch is a partner in Maslon's Litigation Group. He is a trial lawyer and Fellow of the International Academy of Trial lawyers, has practiced exclusively in the area of business-related disputes for 39 years and is considered both a leading authority and a leading trial lawyer in Minnesota in the area of ownership and governance disputes in corporations, partnerships of all kinds, and limited liability companies. In addition to his substantial practice in the areas of business ownership and governance and non-competes, trade secrets, and unfair competition, Bill handles breach of contract, fraud, antitrust, securities, banking, and intellectual property trials.
To read a copy of the ACLU-MN's brief, go to Brief of Amicus Curiae American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota.